Monday, January 30, 2012

Here goes nothing...

First day out of the house with all 3 kids. The first major obstacle was convincing Veda that her demotion to the 3rd row was actually an upgrade. Some questionable negotiating tactics and a little red pony buckled in the adjoining seat and we were off to Target. I might have also told her "if you don't get back there, we are taking Winston back to the hospital and giving him away". #NoShame

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I asked Veda to help me with the baby gate since I was holding Winston. "'Mom you can do it... get your head out of your button."

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Highlight of the Day...

"Dad look! The giant meatball sign...we must be at IKEA"

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Adele on the Potty

Without a doubt, this is the longest she's ever sat in one position. She is insistent on learning how to go in the big girl potty (even if she doesn't quite know what she's supposed to be doing).

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy 10 day Birthday

Little Buddy keeps progressing each day...looking less and less like a little alien. To celebrate, we took him to a movie, "The Grey". Slept the whole time.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ice Painting

Every day Veda's teachers send out a summary of the days activities and significant events. The other day they wrote about making colored ice cubes and using it to paint. I used food coloring and this made for a fun afternoon project on yet another rainy day... it made a beautiful watercolor. I don't think I'll use food coloring next time because it stained her hands... maybe finger paint?

Proud Helper

Veda has been anxious to help take care of Winston. She loves diaper changing and feeding time... which is all the time. She has been "helping" me feed by holding his head in place which generally means she is pushing his head into me and suffocating him. I was able to pump enough for her to feed him herself from the bottle. Made her day!


 1st Dr. Appt
1st Car Ride... Home from the hospital - I'm so small!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Coloring the walls and my car...

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Little Boy Blue

A nursery rhyme for my little bro

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Watching Baby Brother

This is classic Adele - "If I get a running start, I think I can make it to the crib..."

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fight Club

A gift from baby brother today. The only rule with this fight hitting in the head...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Big Sister visits Winston

"He's the cutest baby I've never seen"

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3 day old foot, 3 yr old hand

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Little Gym Recital

Not only was it a big day for Winston; it was a big day for Veda as she had her season finale dance & gymnastics recital. Kathy was not able to attend but I was able to catch most of it.

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Introducing Winston William Laabs

Born on 1/18/12 at 11:38am. 7lbs 13oz and 21.25"

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It's go time...

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Adventures of Tintin

Veda's first movie movie in 3D. As we walked out the door for the movie, she said, "it's a beautiful day today, birds are chirping, chickens are cock-a-doodle-dooing, what a perfect day for a movie". She kept the glasses on for about half of the movie...until she realized she couldn't really touch the people flying off the screen.

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Finding Nemo

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book Nook

Nana had her fair share of puzzles and reading today... spoiled little girls.

Fun in the.... Snow

Bull and Nana arrived on Wednesday. After an evening of painful and consistent contractions I thought it best to call in the calvary early. Turns out there has been little action since then but we've sure enjoyed their company. When Adele wasn't busy eating the snow she was enjoying the snowball fight.

Veda decided that she was going to ice skate today. We tried to explain to her that we needed ice to skate and she explained to us that snow is ice so she would skate on that. We gave up on the reasoning and decided to let her put her skates on so she could figure it out herself. Well... we did find a small patch of ice near the curb and that was all it took to satisfy her curiousity.

Our own Stevie Wonder

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Papi!

Happy Happy 60th! Veda sent you a "note" in the mail and I forgot to include the transcription. "Dear Papi, Happy Happy Birthday, Love Dear Veda. It's your birthday on 11:30 896. You will be the birthday boy. Come see us soon. Love Dear Veda."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

37 weeks and 3 days - Full Term!

This poor third child has gotten no attention due to all the craziness in our lives througout this pregnancy. Good thing I remembered to document at least one bump photo before the big day. Last week they FINALLY scheduled me for the 18th at 11am EST. I'm praying that nothing happens before Bull and Nana get her next Sunday because I'm just not ready.

Finally Fun Outdoors!

Well it stopped raining and started to snow early last week! Turns out that two things get the neighbors outdoors... nice weather and snow. We met some neighbors and Veda had a blast making snow angels in the street with her new friends. Adele just couldn't stop shoving the snow down her throat. I finally intervened when I caught her scooping handfuls of slush off the street into her mouth.

Then of course it was 55 yesterday so we were able to walk to the park and then spent some time in our cul de sac til the sun set playing with the neighbor boys. Turns out there are quite a few boys on our street who are either Adele's age or slightly older than Veda... Veda didn't seem to mind and was having sword fights right along with the 1st graders. Now we have to get her her own light saber.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Veda to adele:

Come into my playroom Adele. It's not scary. There are no skeletons, monsters or biting teeth.

This is particularly funny since biting teeth have been the weapon of choice between these two lately.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Best Buddies having fun at our new outlet mall - almost as good as Camarillo

Growth Spurt?

This is the kid that once wouldn't eat a thing. Now I can't keep her full. This is a 12:30a snack attack after she woke up and started screaming EAT EAT EAT!!!! She downed a serving of applesauce, 2 hunks of cheese and a handful of nilla wafers.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Morning in Pictures

Heading downstairs to see what Santa has brought us!

 Hooray "a Tamborine"!! We got smart and went straight for the gifts this time.
 He ate his cookies! Most of them...
 Oh my goodness the reindeer ate the carrots!
Sleds! We sure hope it snows. If not it's sled rides around the basement.
A Sayre Family tradition. Mini Cereal Boxes! I was having a hard time finding these but lucked out at Target at the last minute.
Santa's loss is my gain. Adele went for the leftover cookies last time too.
"Headphones" (Veda told everyone at school this is what she had gotten for xmas) and mittens from Dad's trip to China. So cute!
Loving my new Elmo slippers from Aunt Kel and Uncle Chris and munchin' on my cereal.

The scooter was a big hit! It will have to be an inside ride for now until the weather warms up.
Taking pictures with my new princess camera.
Evidence that we made a gingerbread house this year that didn't have its walls cave in.